What makes Nadal so good against the next gen?

aman92

Hall of Fame
OK, I don't have the stats currently to back this but Nadal does seem to have the best record and seems most comfortable with the next gen, while Federer and Djokovic have struggled and been knocked out by them in major tournaments multiple times. What is it specifically about Nadal’s game that makes it so difficult for the next gen?
 

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Professional
OK, I don't have the stats currently to back this but Nadal does seem to have the best record and seems most comfortable with the next gen, while Federer and Djokovic have struggled and been knocked out by them in major tournaments multiple times. What is it specifically about Nadal’s game that makes it so difficult for the next gen?
basically his style of play is unique and very effective.......takes time to adjust to his patterns of play for anybody........tsitsipas is getting used to it now after a few meetings but check out his post match interview from aus open semis this year, he explains very clearly about rafa's game........
 

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Legend
basically his style of play is unique and very effective.......takes time to adjust to his patterns of play for anybody........tsitsipas is getting used to it now after a few meetings but check out his post match interview from aus open semis this year, he explains very clearly about rafa's game........
Tsitsipas is 1-5 against Rafa. That is, Nadal has won 83% of his matches against Tsitsipas. Hard to call that "getting used to it".
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
basically his style of play is unique and very effective.......takes time to adjust to his patterns of play for anybody........tsitsipas is getting used to it now after a few meetings but check out his post match interview from aus open semis this year, he explains very clearly about rafa's game........
Exactly this. No one has his style of game.
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
Since the next gen “arrived” (2017 or so) Nadal has had the most consistently high level of tennis. I’d say that’s the main reason. But also, Nadal just has a particularly unique way of hitting the ball that you really can’t be ready for until you play him. Federer is actually similar in this way, which is why he’s probably second best at dealing with next gen (Djokovic being the worst).
 
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